At the last minute this weekend, my plans changed.
With extra time on my hands I decided to go for a run on Saturday morning, even though I really didn’t feel like it. I was hoping a good run might improve my mood and energy levels. I was tired from a restless night, so my plan was just to get out as opposed to having a distance or time related goal.
Its very unusual for me to run without having a route planned. In fact, its unusual for me to do most things without having thought it through first.
Armed with my trusty iPod (rap music is my motivator of choice) and my running watch I chose a starting point close to a local river and set off.
I thought I might just run a few miles up the river and back, but I ended up running off the beaten track in a bid to avoid the weekend walkers and their dogs who were annoyingly clogging up the footpath. Running down a track, through fields, up country lanes and back down the river with only a rough idea where I was, for once enjoying the journey instead of the following the plan.
I hardly saw anyone else when I left the well trodden path and got to enjoy a part of the local countryside I had never seen before. Relying on my instincts to take me in the right direction.
At mile 5 I was feeling stronger and running quicker than I have in a while, big smile on my face and enjoying every step. A breathless hello/thank you to everyone I passed on the public foothpath on my way back to the car – I was having a great time…….until…..I tripped over a tree root. I ‘windmilled’ for a few paces trying to regain my footing, the pain in my ankle made me wince but I kept running mostly to save face infront of pedestrians. Thankfully I was close to the car.
A couple of days after that run and I am still thinking about it – it felt good and I thoroughly enjoyed it. What started as a chore turned out to be one of the most pleasant run’s I have had in a while, and I am looking forward to trying that route again another time.. My ankle aches slightly but having hurt myself before I know this injury won’t be serious as long as I rest for the next couple of days. I tend to find arnica helps in these situations along with some rest – although my plan is very much to do a slow and steady run at lunchtime today.
Maybe it’s a cliche, but for me that run was an indication for me that my life is about the journey and not just about the goals I set myself. That things will come along to trip me up and sometimes I may not behave as gracefully as I would like…..I shall just continue to do the best I can.